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April 22nd, 2021
Entry-Level Truck Driver Training Deadline Looming

Beginning on the Feb. 7, 2022 compliance date, no entry-level driver may take a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) skills test to receive a Class A CDL, Class B CDL, passenger endorsement, or school bus endorsement unless they have successfully completed mandatory theory (knowledge) and behind-the-wheel training programs. In the case of a hazardous materials endorsement, the driver must complete mandatory theory training provided by a training provider listed on FMCSA’s Training Provider Registry, prior to taking the knowledge test for the endorsement.

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April 15th, 2021
Using the Guardrails for Safer Truck Driving

Trucking fleets and their drivers know the guardrails of their business – both the physical barriers on the road and the federal regulations in the books. Most people in the trucking industry take their responsibility for a safe outcome on the road very personally. Still, questions arise about some trucking guardrails.

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March 24th, 2021
Offsite FMCSA Motor Carrier Audits Jump, Here’s How to Prepare

A year ago would we ever have used the word “Zoom” without raising a quizzical eyebrow? Of course, COVID-19 social distancing measures made video meetings and remote offices commonplace and “working from home” became known as “WFH.” So, it should be no surprise that the pandemic similarly caused the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to conduct a significant number of its carrier safety audits remotely, rather than expose audit personnel to potential infection.

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March 15th, 2021
FMCSA Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse: 45,000 Truckers Unavailable for Work

From January to December of 2020, motor carriers reported 56,158 drug or alcohol violations involving 51,998 individual drivers. Some drivers had more than one violation. This means 45,475 drivers were still in the prohibited status and they had not yet completed the return-to-duty process.

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March 10th, 2021
Podcast #51: Hiring Truckers or Looking for a Truck Driving Job? Learn How Recruiting Has Changed

Truck driver recruiting has changed a lot over the years, but the COVID-19 pandemic has led to changes taking place at warp speed. Listen to this latest episode of the “Eyes on the Road” trucking podcast and learn how recruiting has changed for both drivers and trucking fleets.

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February 22nd, 2021
Truck Licensing, Medical Card Waivers Extended Through August 2021 If Allowed by States

UPDATED, May 27, 2021 – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has permitted the extension by states of the waivers for renewals of interstate and intrastate commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs), commercial learner’s permits (CLPs) and medical cards to August 31, 2021. Drivers with CDLs, CLPs or medical cards due for renewal on or after March 1, 2021 must renew and have them in place for commercial vehicle operations beginning September 1, 2021. This waiver does not apply to a CDL or CLP holder if the driver’s license or permit expired before March 1, 2020.

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February 4th, 2021
How Federal Trucking Regulations Become Law, Part 1

In part one, we compare regulations to other forms of government action – statutes, studies, pilot projects and guidance. We touch on sanctions that can come from violating regulations and how to contest citations. We share how to find what regulations the government intends to pursue and where to locate the regulatory proposals currently in play. And we look at the sources of proposed regulations, as well as the limitations on what any regulatory agency can do.

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January 4th, 2021
What to Expect with Trucking Regulations in 2021

Can you predict regulatory changes in the future? The political environment in Washington, D.C. often determines which regulations move forward and which do not. Our form of government puts a premium on what is acceptable to Congress and the administration, particularly following an election year with some outcomes still undecided. So any regulatory prognosticator should be transparently uncertain as to the future. Here, though, are topics that should rise to top of mind for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in 2021.

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December 29th, 2020
CDL, Medical Card Waivers Extended Through February 2021

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has extended the waivers for renewals of interstate and intrastate commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs), commercial learner’s permits (CLPs) and medical cards to Feb. 28, 2021. CDLs, CLPs or medical cards that were granted a waiver from renewal deadlines in 2020 must be renewed and in place for commercial vehicle operations beginning March 1, 2021.

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December 17th, 2020
How the Pandemic Affected Truck Safety Scores and How to Improve Them

COVID-19, civil unrest and a divisive election all made 2020 a challenging year. These events affected traffic patterns and enforcement activity, having serious consequences for the unprepared. With motor carrier Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) scores on the line, learn how these trends may affect your scores and actions you can take now to maintain favorable safety scores into 2021. Watch this PrePass webinar, “Managing Your Fleet’s CSA Scores Through the Pandemic and Beyond.”

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December 8th, 2020
Looking Back at Trucking Regulations in 2020

When 2020 started, the outlook for trucking looked good, especially on the regulatory front. But no one anticipated the issue that dominated federal actions, the trucking industry, and everyone’s daily life — the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite COVID-19, some federal trucking regulations advanced in 2020 while others saw delayed implementation. Here are key trucking regulations from the year.

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November 16th, 2020
Deadline Approaching for FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Queries

The FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse began operation on Jan. 6, 2020. By regulation, motor carriers (or their designed testing consortium/third party administrator) must check the clearinghouse for information on currently-employed driversannually. That means motor carriers or consortia/third party administrators must check the clearinghouse no later than Jan. 5, 2021 for drivers hired as of Jan. 6, 2020.

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